The Simpsons: Season 12 (2000 - 2001)

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Season 12
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Air date: Nov 1, 2000

In the 11th annual Halloween trilogy, a ghostly Homer tries to perform a good deed on Earth; Bart and Lisa are trapped in a fairy-tale forest; and dolphins revolt against humans after Lisa frees their king from the Springfield Marine Park.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2000

The Who intervenes after Homer leads a revolt against a new area code that splits the town along lines of affluence. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Zac Starkey provide voices.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2000

Drew Barrymore plays Krusty's long-lost daughter, a surprise to the clown, who betrays her in a poker game with Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Stephen King, Amy Tan and John Updike have cameos.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2000

Joshua Jackson plays a committed -- and cute -- teen environmentalist who inspires Lisa to take up residence in a redwood tree to save it from destruction.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2000

With Smithers away, Burns hires a cash-hungry Homer as his "prank monkey" to perform stunts that ultimately damage Homer's dignity. Leeza Gibbons has a cameo.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2000

Homer buys a computer and builds a Web site where he anonymously spreads local rumor and innuendo, and makes things up when his sources run dry.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2000

With Homer-logical justification, Bart and Homer go on the grift and do fairly well before joining a more experienced con man for a big score. Edward Norton plays an FBI man.

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Air date: Dec 17, 2000

A blizzard traps Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie with an assortment of students at Springfield Elementary. Bart (of course) leads the revolt.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2001

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) takes his kids Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) to an animation festival, where he sees a demonstration of Animotion, a new process that can turn human movement into character animation on screen. Certain this is the wave of the future, Homer invests the all the family's savings in Animotion, Inc., without Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) knowing about it. Animotion quickly goes belly-up, leaving the Simpsons penniless, and Homer begins submitting to medical experiments to earn extra money. The doctors using Homer as a guinea pig make the startling discovery that he has several crayons lodged in his brain, which he shoved up his nose as a boy; removing the wax markers causes Homer's unimpressive IQ to rise to genius level. While Lisa is delighted to have another intellectual in the household at last, Homer's friends and co-workers aren't especially happy with the newer, brighter man, and it puts his job as safety monitor at Springfield's nuclear power plant in serious jeopardy. "Homr" was first aired on January 7, 2001.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2001

The Simpsons attend the annual rodeo at Waterville State Penitentiary after a disappointing visit to an Apron Expo, and Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has a painful run-in with a bull. While at the prison, Marge meets a handsome convict Jack (voice of Michael Keaton), and while she's told he has such a reputation Bob Dylan wrote a protest song to keep him behind bars, Marge is certain he has a sensitive side that ought to be nurtured. Marge persuades the Warden (voice of Charles Napier) to let her teach an art class at the prison, and Jack soon becomes her star pupil. Swayed by Jack's charm, good looks and talent, Marge speaks out in favor of his parole, and once he's freed, helps him land a job at Springfield Elementary School, where Principal Skinner (voice of Harry Shearer) hires him to create a mural celebrating the school's motto, "Puma Pride." Jack's finished product, however, isn't what Marge or Skinner has in mind, and soon Jack lapses back into his criminal lifestyle. "Pokey Mom" first aired on January 14, 2001.

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Series 12 finds Homer achieving the unthinkable: He suddenly becomes an intelligent man in "HOMR" after a crayon he lodged into his brain in childhood is removed. Sadly, he finds that his newfound smarts alienate him from most of his friends and family, although they do allow him to connect with Lisa. Elsewhere, Krusty the Clown learns he has a daughter (voice of Drew Barrymore) and Bart and his classmates form a boy band whose songs contain subliminal messages to join the Navy. The season concludes with the anthology episode "Simpsons Tall Tales," which reimagines the stories of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed and Tom Sawyer to star the Simpsons family.

Cast

Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson
Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Abe/St. Peter/Satan/Willie/Sideshow Mel
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Boy Scout/Goldilocks/Nelson/Baby
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Marcia Wallace
as Mrs. Krabappel
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Smithers/Ned Flanders/Principal Skinner
Hank Azaria
as Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Tress MacNeille
as Woman with baby/Agnes Skinner/Rapunzel/Witch/Woman
Pamela Hayden
as Maya Angelou/Milhouse
Karl Wiedergott
as Christopher Walken/Soldier #2
Russi Taylor
as Sherri/Terri
Frank Welker
as Dolphin vocal effects
Kelsey Grammer
as Sideshow Bob
Stacy Keach
as Duff the 8th
Shawn Colvin
as Rachel Jordan
Marcia Mitzman Gaven
as Helen Lovejoy
Joshua Jackson
as Jesse Grass
Roger Daltrey
as Himself as The Who
Edward Norton
as Devon Bradley
Zac Starkey
as Himself
Pete Townshend
as Himself as The Who
Frankie Muniz
as Frankie Muniz
Amy Tan
as Herself
JC Chasez
as Himself
John Entwistle
as Himself as The Who
John Updike
as Himself
Pete Sampras
as Himself
Pete Sampras
as Himself
Mike Scully
as Magic Palace announcer
Tom Savini
as Himself
Ben Bledsoe
as Ralph Wiggum's Singing Voice
Marc Terenzi
as Millhouse Van Houten's Singing Voice
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Jan Hooks
as Manjula
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 12

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

That annual "Treehouse of Horror" outing, and Sunday's season curtain-raiser, prove that "The Simpsons" hasn't lost any steam.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not the strongest season by far, but no episode feels like wasted time.

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even halfway through their unplanned legacy, the show is still great.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Throughout the season, the series manages the difficult task of being both timely and timeless.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Just 'cause it's meta doesn't mean it's funny..

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 12

  • Nov 26, 2016
    Like season 11, season 12 is too focused on cheap gags for my taste. I did like this season better than 11 since it focuses more on creative plots but in the end it feels like a spin-off to The Simpsons rather than an extension, due to how far-out it is.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Funny at times but sometimes it isn't funny at all, show has been going on too long now i think, overall it is isn't too bad
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Though better than the abomination season 11 was, season 12 still has the quirks of it, but it actually manages to be a bit funny in the process.
  • Nov 30, 2013
    While The Simpsons do start off well, only a few gems (such as 'HOMR', 'A Tale of Two Springfields' and 'Trilogy of Error') manage to make another subpar series more watchable than the last season.

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